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IAPP In the News

May 1, 2007

The IAPP Announces New Appointments to 2007 Board of Directors
The IAPP has appointed four new directors to its Board and promoted directors to serve new leadership roles.

The IAPP Board of Directors now includes privacy leaders from Google Inc., Information Integrity Solutions Pty. Ltd., Kelley Drye & Warren and the U.S. Department of Justice. They join existing directors from General Electric Company, Hewitt Associates, Highmark Inc., IBM Corp., Intel, Intuit, Marriott International, Microsoft Corp., Nationwide Insurance Companies, Pfizer Inc., Procter & Gamble, Schering-Plough Corp., the University of Pennsylvania, Walt Disney Company, Wal-Mart, Wiley Rein LLP and Zeno Group.

IAPP Board President Kirk M. Herath, CIPP/G, Associate Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, Associate General Counsel, Nationwide Insurance Companies, said the new Board members deepen the IAPP's focus on international and government privacy issues.

"We are proud to announce the new members of the IAPP Board," Herath said. "These accomplished privacy pros will strengthen the experience and depth of our existing board. The IAPP Board will continue to serve our members and the profession with an energetic commitment to foster our education, networking and certification goals."  

The IAPP announced the appointment of these four new members to the Board of Directors: Malcolm Crompton, Managing Director, Information Integrity Solutions P/L; Peter Fleischer, Global Privacy Counsel, Google; D. Reed Freeman, Jr., CIPP, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren; and Jane Horvath, Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, U.S. Department of Justice.

Crompton, Australia's former Privacy Commissioner, currently advises private and public sector organizations on strategies to build trust through their collection and use of personal information. During his five-year tenure as Australia's Privacy Commissioner, Crompton implemented the country's private sector privacy law.

"I am looking forward to working with the Board to introduce the benefits of the IAPP to a wider range of privacy professionals around the Asia Pacific region, where so much change is happening and the movement of personal information is expanding rapidly," Crompton said.

Fleischer is Google's Global Privacy Counsel, based in Paris. He works to ensure that Google protects its users' privacy, meets all privacy legal obligations and helps to raise the bar for online privacy protections. With more than a decade of experience in online privacy issues, he is committed to engaging with privacy stakeholders in Europe and beyond to address the new privacy challenges of the evolving Web. Prior to joining Google, Fleischer served as Microsoft Corp.'s former privacy lead for Europe and Director of Regulatory Affairs.

"I am delighted to be joining the Board of the IAPP, and to support its mission of defining, promoting and improving the privacy profession globally. Privacy is becoming an increasingly global profession, as data flows themselves become more and more global. The IAPP provides invaluable support to its members to confront these cross border challenges."

Freeman is a Partner in Kelley Drye & Warren's Advertising and Marketing Practice Group. He focuses on all aspects of consumer protection law, including privacy, data security and breach notification, online and offline advertising and direct marketing. Since 2005, Freeman has been a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

"I am honored to serve on the IAPP Board of Directors with such distinguished colleagues, and I look forward to helping continue the great work the Board has done already to further the IAPP's mission," Freeman said. "It's a privilege to participate in such an important and growing organization committed to promoting the privacy profession through education, networking and certification."

Horvath is the first person to serve as the Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer at the Department of Justice (DOJ). She is responsible for reviewing and overseeing DOJ's privacy operations and ensuring privacy compliance; developing DOJ's privacy policy; representing DOJ with respect to international privacy policy issues; and ensuring that privacy and civil liberties impacts are considered prior to the launch of a new program.

"I am very excited and honored to join the Board of the IAPP," Horvath said. "I look forward to working with the Board to reach out to public sector privacy professionals. The IAPP serves a vital role in connecting privacy professionals together to foster best practices globally."

Also effective immediately are the appointments of:

  • Chris Zoladz, CIPP, Vice President, Information Protection, Marriott International, to serve as Treasurer/Past President, in place of departing Board member Becky Burr, CIPP, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, who served as Treasurer.
  • David Hoffman, CIPP, Group Counsel and Director of Privacy & Security, Intel Corp., to serve in an entirely new position as Assistant Treasurer.
  • Jonathan D. Avila, CIPP, Vice President - Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer, The Walt Disney Co., to serve as Secretary. Avila succeeds Dale Skivington, CIPP, Chief Privacy Officer, Assistant General Counsel, Eastman Kodak Co.

IBM's Harriet Pearson Explains 'Why Privacy Is Good for Business'
IBM Chief Privacy Officer Harriet Pearson was recently featured in CEOForum Magazine where she was interviewed about her "pioneering position." She is an example, she says, "of what has become basically a new profession."

According to the article, "This high-level concern for privacy is a direct result of the Internet's explosive growth. Once used only for 'surfing', the Web has become a
destination for shopping, banking - even looking after our health and relationships. As the details of our lives accumulate in other people's databases, privacy has become a source of consumer anxiety - and corporate concern."

"Privacy is good for business," Pearson says. Companies have a responsibility to protect customers' personal data just as they would protect any other valued corporate asset. Pearson highlights some of the fundamental tenets of the privacy profession, from building a "trusted balance"  with customers through transparency in handling data to reinforcing the idea that privacy needs to be addressed as a strategic issue - what she calls
"privacy by design".

The article concludes with recommendations for building a "privacy dream team." First, start from the top - get support from the CEO and other top execs; second, appoint a CPO - make sure one person is responsible for privacy policy in the organization; and last, build a board - get advice from the departments most affected, at a minimum, marketing, legal, communications, and training and IT.

For the complete interview, visit

Google Blog Highlights Appointment to IAPP Board
Google's official blog announced the appointment of Peter Fleischer, Google's Global Privacy Counsel, to the IAPP Board of Directors.

"We're pleased for this recognition, as Peter's work in privacy over the last decade mirrors a real evolution in the profession," reads the statement posted by Deputy General Counsel Nicole Wong. "Today, privacy is universally viewed as a key corporate goal, and privacy officers are responsible for creating a culture of respect for privacy inside their companies."

The blog included links to the IAPP's Web site and news release.